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  • Editing Team 18:21 on December 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID in Jewelry Retail Business 

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    In the jewelry industry, the financial benefits of implementing RFID are quite clear. Gem dealers and jewelry-store retailers must manually track thousands of small, high-value items daily, which is a time-consuming and error-prone process.

    RFID providers have developed complete solutions — with tags, readers and software designed for monitoring gems and jewelry — that automate the process, thereby reducing the amount of time required to perform inventory counts, while eliminating shrinkage and freeing up salespeople to help customers.

    Most jewelers are employing passive UHF or HF tags. Borsheims is utilizing a solution from TJS that uses passive HF transponders.

    And Sissy’s Log Cabin, a jewelry retailer located in Arkansas, has been using a passive UHF RFID solution for the past six years at its stores in Pine Bluff and Little Rock, to more accurately and quickly inventory the trays of watches, gems and fine jewelry that it displays and sells.

    Avery Dennison, Smartrac and TracTech Systems all produce passive UHF tags designed for jewelry, while Tagsys RFID and other companies make passive HF jewelry tags.

     
  • Editing Team 17:46 on December 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    French Firm Sues HTC and LG for NFC Patent Infringement 

    France-Brevets-NFC-patent-infringement-HTC-LG-rfid-blogIntellectual property commercialization firm France Brevets has filed patent infringement lawsuits against two phone makers HTC and LG in the US and Germany, for using two NFC patents that were granted to Inside Secure in 2004 and 2010.

    The US lawsuit was filed by NFC Technology LLC, an affiliate of France Brevets, and concerns:

    ■US patent 6,700,551, “Antenna signal amplitude modulation method”, filed in 2001 and granted in 2004.

    ■US patent 7,665,664, “Inductive coupling reader comprising means for extracting a power supply voltage”, filed in 2005 and granted in 2010.

    Inside Secure hired France Brevets to handle licensing of its more than 70 patents in 2011.

    “The NFC Patent Licensing Program was launched last year by France Brevets,” says Jean Charles Hourcade, managing director of France Brevets.

    “While our general philosophy is to act transparently and be diligent in explaining in detail to all our potential licensees how our patents are infringed by their products and how they can benefit from our reasonable licensing approach, we are also determined to take steps when such discussions are not conclusive.”

     
  • Editing Team 16:53 on December 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    National Cancer Center Reduced Waiting Time Using RFID System 

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    The National Cancer Center (NCC) has introduced a new RFID system which significantly reduced waiting times.

    After the system was implemented, NCC reported a 16% increase in the number of patients it was able to serve within an hour. The center typically sees about 130 patients a day.

    Under the new system, patients wear an RFID tag, which allows staff to track their location in real time. This enables them to keep track of which chemotherapy recliners and beds are occupied. When the patient drops the tag into a box, the system then signals that the station is free for the next occupant. The new system also allows pharmacy staff to electronically update the status of a patient’s drugs, allowing nurses in the chemotherapy unit to immediately see that drugs are ready without having to call the pharmacy.

    The system, which started with a trial in 2011, received two bronze awards for the best implementation and most innovative use of RFID in the Hong Kong RFID awards in November this year.

     
  • Editing Team 17:57 on December 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Nokia Launches NFC Bluetooth Headset 

    Nokia-BH-121-NFC-headset-rfid-blogBack to the launch of Nokia Lumia 1320, 1520, and 2520, at that time many people wondered if Guru, a small and square music player, resembling to the 6th generation Apple iPod Nano, would be Nokia’s first music player, but it didn’t launch, so was quickly forgotten.

    Now, Nokia has pushed it straight back into the spotlight, as the BH-121 has been made official. Yet it is not an iPod-like music player. Instead, it’s a Bluetooth headset designed for music. The BH-121 has bright color scheme and can be paired via NFC — simply tapping the two devices together will get them working in unison, or with Bluetooth if you’d prefer.

    There’s a volume rocker, general playback controls, a micro USB port for charging, and an LED indicator to show you the battery status. Best of all, the BH-121 has a 3.5mm headphone port so you can use your own earbuds, or the set of Nokia WH-208 buds included.

    Nokia will put the BH-121 on sale before the end of December, when it will cost a reasonable 40 euros, which is around $55. We’re still waiting to hear Nokia’s international release plans for the device.

     
  • Editing Team 17:34 on December 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Can RFID Labels Work in High-Radiation Areas? 

    Even though RFID labels can be do a whole lot of things, it doesn’t mean that they are omnipotent. When placed in high-radiation areas, their memory can be wiped out by the radiation and the circuitry can be damaged, causing the tag to become unresponsive. Therefore, you would need to use a special transponder designed to withstand radiation.

    Tego, in 2011, introduced an EPC Gen 2 UHF tag that can withstand exposure to high levels of X-ray and gamma radiation, as well as other types of electromagnetic radiation, such as that present in the nuclear energy and defense sectors.

    Smartrac, has created an RFID transponder which is said to be able to withstand gamma radiation levels of up to 45 kilograys. The HF 13.56 MHz transponder complies with the ISO/IEC 15693 standard and is designed for use in medical applications in which aseptic conditions are compulsory.

    And the Argonne National Laboratory was able to modify the ST-676 active 433 MHz tag, made by Savi Technology, to withstand exposure to high levels of radiation.

     
  • Editing Team 18:38 on December 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    How Does RFID Help University of Maryland Medical Center Cut Medication Error Rate? 

    University-of-Maryland-medical-center-RFID-blogOne of the benefits of RFID technology is that it can give hospitals an accurate count of their supplies and automate certain tasks, which, in a way, improve patient safety, for it makes it easier to identify drugs near their expiration date and helps speed up response times to drug recalls.

    At the RFID in Healthcare conference in Washington, D.C., this week, the manager of University of Maryland Medical Center’s pharmacy services has shared how shifting to RFID technology as part of its healthcare technology armory has helped it cut down medication error rates.

    Traditionally, the manual process of checking trays of emergency medications for Code carts, which contain anywhere from 25 to 75 drugs, was fraught with errors. Missing or outdated drugs pushed up the error rate to 1 in 20.

    But ever since RFID technology was introduced in 2012, using a Kit Check RFID reader along with RFID tags, it has cut its error rate down to 1 in 4,000. The medical center now better manage their inventory and order drugs well before they expire. The reader is used to identify which medications need to be replenished or replaced. It has cut the amount of time it takes to prepare these trays from 20 minutes to under five.

     
  • Editing Team 18:36 on December 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Intel Integrates NFC Reader into Core Processor 

    Intel, MasterCard and NXP Semiconductors are teaming up to deliver two-factor authentication via MasterCard-branded contactless cards for online payments. As a result of the partnership, Intel’s 4th Generation Core processors with embedded NFC readers from Eindhoven, Netherlands-based NXP will be used in mobile phones, tablets, notebooks, Ultrabooks 2-in-1 and All-In-One PCs.

    Online shoppers using MasterCard’s MasterPass digital service will be able to make payments by tapping their MasterCard contactless card or NFC-enabled mobile phone against the built-in NFC reader and complete the transaction with positive identity authentication provided by Intel’s Identity Protection Technology.

    Intel’s 4th Generation Core processor-based devices containing NXP’s NFC technology and using IPT will improve and secure consumers’ online shopping experience, Praveen Vishakantaiah, VP and general manager of client solutions and technologies at Intel PC Client Group, said in a press release.

     
  • Editing Team 18:34 on December 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Flextown Enables Digital Sharing Through NFC Business Cards 

    Danish startup Flextown has begun offering an NFC business card service worldwide, allowing consumers to share portfolios of work, videos and other digital content as well as contact details via NFC, QR or Apple’s AirDrop service.

    “Flextown enables you to give a complete introduction — who you are, what you can offer and who you represent,” the firm’s CEO and co-founder Oliver Vassard says, “It’s a marketing platform that lets you share all your social media, PDFs, presentations, documents, music, pictures and videos the minute you meet potential business partners.”

    The Flextown app is available for Android and iOS and allows the user to edit, activate and share various digital profiles, see who has access to their profiles and how long they have viewed them.

    “Normally, people receiving a traditional business card look at it for two seconds and put it in their pocket,” adds Vassard. “People receiving a Flextown business card spend an average of three minutes and 52 seconds looking at the digital profile. That’s a four-minute marketing opportunity to give the best first hand impression of yourself.”

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  • Editing Team 18:25 on December 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Nokia UK Delivers Apps for WP8 via NFC-enabled Calendars 

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    Nokia and NFC marketing specialist Wooshping have teamed up to put 1,500 NFC-enabled advent calendars in mobile phone stores across the UK. The ‘appvent’ calendars offer a different app each day in the run up to Christmas.

    Nokia will be using Wooshping’s Instant platform to change which app Windows Phone 8 users will receive when they tap the calendar on a particular day.

    “This is a really innovative and successful concept that will bring some Christmas cheer to mobile customers and staff up and down the country,” says Carly Wyatt, Nokia UK’s apps marketing manager.

     
  • Editing Team 18:23 on December 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    New NFC Smart Rear Covers Let Users Change Smartphone Settings Automatically 

    Jolla-The-Other-Half-NFC-smartphone-settings-rfid-blogFinnish phone maker Jolla’s new smartphone is to ship with a selection of smart rear covers, known as “The Other Half”, that include NFC and are used to automatically change the device’s settings and functions to the user’s preset favorites.

    “The NFC antenna on the phone is solely dedicated for the connection between the device and its back cover,” according to Jolla.

    “The Other Half is a new product concept, developed by Jolla. When connecting the back cover with the device, the product instantly adapts the whole ambience and functionalities — such as colors, fonts, tones, profiles, applications.”

    Jolla has also worked on more advanced designs for The Other Half that would incorporate USB ports, additional batteries and full QWERTY keyboards, the company says.

    The phone runs Jolla’s own Sailfish operating system and can run both Android apps and dedicated Sailfish apps. The €399 (US$540) device boasts a 4.5-inch HD display, eight megapixel rear camera and 16GB of internal storage.

     
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